NFL Football Picks
Week 9 saw the Bears win and the Lions lose. Chicago improved to 5-3 on the season and Detroit goes the opposite way and now sits at 3-5. Chicago and Minnesota are tied for the NFC North division lead with Detroit and Green Bay biting at their heels just a game or so back. It appears that Chicago is the real deal and only seems to get better week after week. As for Detroit, they are just average at best… offense, defense, special teams, they are just…meh. Nonetheless, this weekend is actually a huge game in for the NFC North landscape. It is a tight race and a Detroit win will put THEM back in the hunt.
The Arizona Cardinals come to Arrowhead for a week 10 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s a tale of two teams with opposite trajectories, with the Cardinals in the dumps at 2-6, while the Chiefs are tied for having the best record in the league at 8-1. On Sunday, they beat the Browns on the road 37-21. It was also the eighth time they covered the spread in nine games this season. But is that a trend that matters here in week 10 as bettors face a 16.5 hole before kick-off? LL gives his take on laying the big number.
Tampa Bay comes off a 42-28 loss that was grislier than the score indicates. The Panthers put the Bucs away early in the first half when they went up 35-7 and then they called the dogs off. Carolina had a short week ahead of itself with a road game at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. They could not afford to expose their starters any more once the affair was out of reach. Be that as it may, Tampa Bay looks lost and clueless at this point in the season. Keith Franks look at the bookmaker’s 2.5 spread and what to expect from TB in week 10.
Bob Clark: “The Browns are going to have to hope the Falcons defense that showed up against New Orleans and Cincinnati shows up this weekend. If that is the case, they have a shot. From a Browns perspective though, they MUST keep the Atlanta offense off the field. Cleveland will need to give Atlanta a huge dose of Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson and just hope for the best. The Falcons are the play to cover here in week 10.
The Chargers leave a lot to be desired as double-digit road favorites at most bookies. But the matchups hold water. Coming off the bye, the Chargers looked fresh and enlivened to take on the second-half of the season with aplomb. Their run-game is very robust, with Melvin Gordon leading the way, bolstered by Austin Ekeler. They average over 5.2 yards per carry and Oakland’s run-defense is ranked last in the league. Betting the Chargers is the play this week according to NFL capper Loot Levinson.
The Jets defense provided the lone bright spot, holding Miami to 168 total yards, 104 passing and 64 rushing, and keeping them out of the end zone. Credit Jamal Adams and Jordan Jenkins for turning things around after the unit gave up up 395 total yards to the Chicago bears the week before. Now can they get the assist from the offense? Rick Wise has your NFL Prediction.
After losing conclusively to Detroit and Houston in consecutive weeks, the Dolphins were able to beat the Jets at home on Sunday. They did so on the strength of a defensive TD, as the offense didn’t even get in the end zone—no small feat against the Jets’ road-defense. Their defense played well for a change, but it still was far from an impressive win. Now they take to Green Bay in a game that is out-of-conference in a venue a lot of ‘Fins players have never seen. Despite the win and potential momentum, sportsbook have the Dolphins as 9.5 point dogs!
The Saints won their seventh game in a row and handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season Sunday with a commanding 45-35 victory that establishes New Orleans as the team to beat in the NFC. Despite the win betting site markets suggest this will be a close game with a final inside a touchdown. Rick Wise gives his own NFL prediction.
The Cowboys have used a fairly balanced attack through much of the season. They’re throwing the ball 55.53% of the time versus running it 44.47%. They got away from that against Tennessee, attempting 32 passes and 19 runs, and it may have cost them the game. Can they employ their game plan versus the Eagles and help bettors cover with +6.5 against their bookie?
The Jaguars are nominees for the disappointment team of 2018 after they made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game last season to come up short against the New England Patriots in Foxboro. At the moment, the Jags are riding a nasty four-game losing streak where they have also failed to cover over this span. Most recently, the Jags were on the losing end of a 24-18 loss in London, England at the hands of the defending Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles. Betting sites have the Jags +3 on Sunday. Franks gives his prediction.
One of the biggest questions facing the Titans this week is how they will be able to trade points with the Patriots on Sunday. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in a majority of statistical categories, coming in at 30th in scoring, passing and yards per game. How they will they attack New England? That remains to be seen. Mike Mann has his NFL Prediction.
The Giants have been a tough watch this year, with every week seeming to be worse than the previous one. The Giants have never been able to shift out of first gear, and the only relevant question now appears to be who will start behind center in 2019. But should you count Eli out when dealing with the spread or the game total? Keith Allen has MNF’s pick.
Norv Turner took over as Panther Offensive Coordinator for Ron Rivera this year. The hiring left many football analysts scratching their heads as it seemed the game may have evolved and left Turner behind, In-stead, Turner has taken a variety of talent sets and blended them into a dynamic offense. Can Nov come up with enough magic to stay within the 5 that most sportsbooks are giving them? Keith Allen has your NFL pick.
The Dallas defense has been a very pleasant surprise for Cowboys bettors. The team has allowed less than 18 points per game which is the fewest points in the league. They are 5th in yards per play against and 3rd in passing yards allowed. However, they are only 19th in the league in sacks, and have only generated 6 turnovers on the year. Some of their strong defensive numbers are a result of their opponents being conservative on offense to not give the Cowboys a short field. Tennessee will utilize the same strategy, moving the ball and getting points, but also playing the field position game to make Dallas drive the length of the field to score. Is that angle enough for you to give your bookie action on Titans +6.5? Keith Allen gives his Week 9 MNF prediction and analysis.
Detroit owns two very impressive wins over the Patriots and Packers but they have also been on the wrong side of the scoreboard against the Jets and Niners. The jury is appropriately still out on Matt Patricia but it looks very much like this roster and his system are adding up to an 8-8 kind of team. The Lions are 16th in total offense, 16th in rush yards and 17th in points at 24.4 per game. Bookmakers have the Lions as 4.5 point underdogs. Does Patricia have enough to cover the spread for Lions backers?
We know what the Falcons are going to do. Everyone knows. Matt Ryan is going to attempt to play catch all day with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Ryan is quietly putting together an MVP type season and if Atlanta can continue to win in spite of the injuries, I can see him getting some legit consideration down the stretch. Does this game set up well for Atlanta’s offense to propel them to get the win outright? Bob Clark gives his football pick.